UGC Guidelines 2020: The HRD Ministry has revised the University Grants Commission (UGC's) Guidelines for university examinations 2020 confirming that the final year examinations have not yet been cancelled and can be conducted by end of September 2020. HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhryal Nishank released the revised UGC Guidelines today via his Twitter handle.
The UGC also declared that the semester exams can be taken in offline (pen & paper) or online or blended (online & offline) mode by the universities and institutions according to feasibility. Earlier, the Home Ministry had sent a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary providing permission to the universities and institutions to conduct their respective examinations.
UGC Guidelines 2020
This year the examinations has been delayed due to the nationwide lockdown imposed across the country to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. As of now, the country is under the unlock phase and the government is providing relaxations gradually. However, the spread of the COVID-19 is increasing day by day and the prevailing situation is not favourable for conduction of exams. Hence, considering the safety of the students as well as the staff, it is very important to follow the guidelines provided by the Government with reference to coronavirus.
Below listed are highlights of the UGC New Exam Guidelines 2020:
- The Terminal (final) Year examinations will be conducted by the universities/ institutions by the end of September 2020
- Universities/ institutions can choose any mode viz. online/offline/blended according to their feasibility
- Students who have a backlog have to compulsorily attend the examinations in any of the mode and can only then be evaluated.
- If any student failed to appear in the examination, then he/she can appear for the special examination for that subject conducted by the university as per the feasibility. This is one-time measure and applicable only for academic session 2019-20.
- As far as the intermediate semesters are concerned, there are no changes in the guidelines and the same will be followed as released on 29 April 2020.
- If required in any of the university/institutions, the relevant information regarding the Admissions and Academic Calendar will be issued separately replacing the earlier guidelines.
To summarize the guidelines and make it simpler for the students to understand, there is no big change in the guidelines, only the exam schedule has been postponed until the end of September 2020. The examinations are very important especially for final year students, considering this fact, UGC has cleared that the examinations will not be cancelled and will be conducted for sure and that’s why a new timeline has been issued.
As of now considering the rising cases of coronavirus, many states have objected and raised concerns for conducting the exams. The new timeline will provide more time for the situation to get better and be assessed. Also, these revised guidelines by UGC are in line with the decision of NTA to postpone the national level examinations like JEE, NEET to the month of September.